Dedicated traffic unit coming soon to the West Shore

Unit will specialize in crash scene analysis among other duties

West Shore RCMP is looking to reinstate a dedicated traffic unit in the new year.

“It’s in the works,” said Insp. Larry Chomyn, the detachment’s officer in charge. “That will come to fruition when we do some reorganizing internally.”

While he said they do have members that are already assigned to traffic enforcement, this would be a dedicated unit that specializes in traffic enforcement. The team would also specialize in crash analysis, he added.

“Their mandate and focus will be on traffic enforcement and serious accident investigation. There’s a high level of expertise needed … and that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”

The new unit will not only be an asset to the detachment, he said, they will act as a liaison and a direct representative of the West Shore RCMP with other municipal units and enforcement agencies.

“We’re a very rapidly growing community,” Chomyn said, noting that traffic complaint calls continue to be among the most frequent received by the detachment. “That’s always been one of our priorities for policing, so we’re giving it the attention it deserves.”

It has been a number of years since the detachment had a dedicated unit, and having a more visible presence on West Shore roadways should have a positive impact on dangerous driving habits, he said.

That sentiment was echoed by Langford Mayor Stew Young.

“The traffic division is needed. You don’t want people thinking there’s no policing in that area (for) our community,” he said. “You want to make sure the police are out there and have a presence.”

Young was also quick to note the unit would not just be there to write tickets for less serious infractions, but would focus on dangerous drivers and areas where high speeds are a known problem. “It’s more about community policing,” he said, noting it all comes back to making sure the public is safe in their homes and on the streets. “Our emphasis is still on crime and keeping people safe.”

Chomyn couldn’t disclose specifics about the unit, because it is still being finalized and for security reasons. But he did note an officer targeted to become the unit’s supervisor is being transferred from the mainland.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Playgrounds back in the swing of things on the West Shore

Langford, View Royal, Colwood reopen parks, playgrounds

Sooke fitness facilities reopen to the public

Extra measures set in place to ensure user safety

Beefs & Bouquets, June 4

To submit a beef or a bouquet, email

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

Parkland grads mark end to high school in virtual ceremony

North Saanich grads pre-tape graduation ceremony days before school officially reopened

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

POLL: Are you sending your children back to school this month?

Classrooms looked decidedly different when students headed back to school for the… Continue reading

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Alert Bay resident carves tribute to his community kicking COVID-19’s butt

‘Our little village crushed the curve with love and commitment’

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Most Read